City of Edinburgh Council have released the “Finlayson-Newman Report”:
Listen – Take Seriously What They Say (1993)  authored by Alan F Finlayson and Alison J Newman, for John Chant, the Director of Social Work, Lothian Region. This was in response to a Freedom of Information Request .
The report was originally published in September 1993. It is a “Review of present and planned arrangements for responding to complaints from young people in care with recommendations for further action” .
It was made in response to comments by Lord Caplan at the close of the trial of William Hogarth in July 1992. Hogarth was a residential care worker of the Social Work Department and was found guilty of 6 charges of assault over 7 homes and 3 childrens homes.
The council also say that “Within the text there is regular reference made to “Shrubhill”. This is in fact Shrubhill House which was the headquarters of Lothian Regional Council’s Department of Social Work at the time the document was written.”
At present I have only skimmed the Report I will update this post, on further reading. Any summary or comments on the Report to place it into context would be gratefully recieved.
Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers. National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]. Useful post on triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email cathyfox@
Links, Hyperlinks and References
 Finlayson-Newman Report: Listen – Take Seriously What They Say (1993) authored by Alan F Finlayson and Alison J Newman  prepared for John Chant, the Director of Social Work, Lothian Region https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/199581/response/497906/attach/3/EDIR%202852%20Listen%20Take%20Seriously%20What%20They%20Say.pdf
 Freedom of Information Request https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/finlayson_newman_report_listen_t_2#incoming-497906
[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html
[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/
[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/
[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm
[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/
[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/
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